In July, the Trump administration announced the reduction of troop numbers in Germany. The administration’s decision was in response to what is seen as Germany’s underspending on defense. The relocation of 12,000 troops from Germany will reduce U.S. reliance on the country, particularly for non-NATO activities. Many of the troops will be shifted to Poland.
It was also decided that the headquarters of the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) would relocate from Stuttgart. Following the decision, AFRICOM stated that it had launched its search for a new home.
Now, two South Carolina Republican senators, Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, recommend that AFRICOM’s HQ be moved from Stuttgart to Charleston, SC. They sent a letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper stating that Joint Base Charleston (JBC) is an ideal location for AFRICOM’s headquarters. Their proposal is likely to be the first among many as the military searches for a new home for the command’s headquarters.
Joint Base Charleston, “provides the existing infrastructure to meet […] operational needs while providing cost savings opportunities. One specific benefit is that JBC offers direct airlift and sealift to Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, as well as road, and rail assets to provide a rapid response should immediate actions be required,” the senators wrote in the letter to Esper.